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Ria and Paul - Woodbridge, Virginia

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Falling in love with the person of your dreams and being married is something we all dream of.  And, for me, the wedding ceremony is all about sharing your relationship and the love that joins you together.  Marriage is a celebration and that's why many choose to be married by an officiant such as myself instead of going to the local County Clerk's office.  It is a time to celebrate your relationship with your friends and family and an opportunity for them to join in your happiness as they bless you with their prayers, their presence and good wishes.  Every couple has a great story about how they met, how they wooed, and how they fell in love. That story should absolutely be shared with everyone and that is exactly what we will do together. 
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Whether you are spiritual, non-religious, religious or somewhere in between, I am committed to creating a personalized ceremony that incorporates your beliefs and values, celebrates who you are as a couple and includes customs, components and traditions that represent you best.
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The process will begin with the initial consultation; in person, by phone, or email to see if we are a good fit for each other. If we agree to work together we will discuss what is important to you, talk about some other ideas you may not have heard about and with the input you provide I will design a ceremony that truly reflects who you are and your wishes.
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I am passionate about love and marriage and I am passionate about what I do.  I promise you an enjoyable ceremony, a treasured memory and a truly quality experience full of joyful tears and plenty of smiles.
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Jamie and Andy Tesfazion ~ Gaithersburg, Maryland  

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"Pam was absolutely the best officiant we could have asked for. From the very beginning, she took the time to get to know us both and learn about us as a couple in order to make our ceremony extra special. We spoke with her a few times over the phone initially and then had the opportunity to meet her in person. When we met her, we were amazed by her enthusiasm, her kindness, and her overall excitement to be involved in our wedding. It really showed. My husband is from Kenya, and Pam embraced the idea of adding a few Kenyan touches to our ceremony. She even did her own research on Kenyan culture and wedding traditions and added them to our ceremony before we even asked! She really had a desire to make our ceremony meaningful to the both of us, and she didn't disappoint. I will say that each and every person who attended our wedding was AMAZED by the personal touch that Pam added. They said they felt like she had known us forever and wrote each and every part of the ceremony specifically for us. We felt exactly the same way. Pam will make your wedding truly special and we couldn't have imagined it without her. Thank you Pam!"

Aubree and David  ~ McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
 
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"We couldn't be happier with how our wedding day went and Pam was a big reason why.  She was extremely cooperative and open to our suggestions, keeping in constant contact with us to make sure everything came together smoothly.  Putting together the ceremony, she took our wishes and considerations to heart and really made it our own.  You want your wedding day to be special, but more importantly personal, and that's exactly what Pam did for us.  There won't be another ceremony exactly like ours and that's why we're so happy to have had Pam as part of our wedding day.  Not only that, but our family really embraced her, and she felt more like a guest than just someone there to handle the business.  We couldn't have asked for a better person to share our wedding day with." 

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Officiant Services
  • An initial meeting (In person, by phone or email)
  • As much phone and email communication as needed to develop your ceremony
  • Preparation of a couple-centered ceremony that reflects your love, dreams, beliefs, values and cultural traditions
  • Assistance with choosing or writing your vows
  • Assistance with finding readings that convey your thoughts concerning love and your special day
  • Incorporating Ceremonial Add-Ons of your choice
  • Preparation of a draft ceremony, discussion of same and fine tuning it to perfection
  • Professional and punctual Officiant for your ceremony, dressed in your choice of attire
  • I normally arrive one hour early to your wedding to help you with any last minute details or answer any questions you may have
  • Eloquent, passionately delivered ceremony that will bring joyful tears and smiles to all who hear it
  • Lovely keepsake certificate of marriage suitable for framing
  • Elegant, professionally bound copy of our vows and ceremony encased in a beautiful wedding portfolio
  • Delivery of your signed marriage license to your issuing County Clerk's office for filing within three business days of your wedding ceremony.  I also photocopy it for you and mail it to you the same day.
  • An email afterwards with details about next steps ~ getting certified copies of your marriage certificate and how to change your last name, if relevant.
  • Upon request, presence and/or assistance at the rehearsal (may be an extra fee)

 

Fee Information

 

Fees are structured to support time dedicated to writing and designing your ceremony and are also dependent upon which package you choose. I custom-write each and every one of my ceremonies and no two are alike. This means that your ceremony will be one of a kind, totally unique to the two of you and there will never be another one exactly like it. Factors in determining the cost of your ceremony will include meeting time and travel, as well as time to write and officiate your ceremony.

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The fees are usually as stated on this page, but since every ceremony is unique, please e-mail me for a quote. Please be assured that all fees will be discussed openly and agreed upon prior to booking and there will be no hidden charges. Additional services, such as travel beyond a certain distance from my office may be extra. I travel all over the East Coast singing, speaking and doing weddings, so you just never know, I may be in your area at the same time you have scheduled your wedding.

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No matter which ceremony package you choose, please be assured that I will do everything within my power to make your ceremony totally stress free so that all you have to do is smile, say "I do", and enjoy your day. Smile
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NOTE: Every marriage must be solemnized under a marriage license issued by a clerk of the city, burrough, county or state that the couple chooses to be married in, in accordance with the provisions of the laws governing that particular state. If a ceremony of marriage is performed without a license, the attempted marriage is void, and the parties do not attain the legal status of husband and wife. Therefore, in order for your marriage to be legal, I must have your valid marriage license, in hand, prior to officiating your ceremony.
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CEREMONY PACKAGES (All prices include use of my Wireless PA System) 

Whether your perfect wedding consists of a romantic, private ceremony at one of three beautiful countryside settings at my home, or a ceremony with all the bells and whistles at a venue of your choice, I can custom-write and officiate a ceremony that will fit you perfectly.  My ultimate goal is to make your ceremony absolutely PERFECT and I won't be happy until it is.  Give me a call and let's talk about what PERFECTION looks like to you.  (304) 472-0296 or (304) 672-2821. 

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* Mileage and travel fees apply to all ceremonies performed at locations other than my home.

 

                    
COUNTRYSIDE WEDDING OR VOW RENEWAL CEREMONY - STARTING AT $250
[The Countryside Wedding Ceremony is for those who want nothing more than to celebrate the love that is in their hearts.
The Ceremony is performed at my home, located in a quiet, wooded, country setting approximately eight miles outside the city limits of Buckhannon, West Virginia.
The Countryside location is enhanced by wildlife, sounds of birds chirping and all the wonderful things of nature that the countryside is known for.  
See my Countryside Wedding Page at www.SweetSongMinistries.com/id146.html for complete details. 
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[THE FOLLOWING PACKAGES APPLY TO WEDDINGS OFFICIATED AT VENUES OTHER THAN MY HOME] 
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TRUE LOVE BASIC [ELOPEMENT] CEREMONY - $250 Plus Travel Expenses

If you want to be married without all the fuss and drama that sometimes goes along with larger weddings but at the same time want your ceremony to be meaningful and full of love, the True Love Basic is the perfect choice. The great thing about this ceremony is that it can be officiated in the privacy of your own home, your backyard, or perhaps even a spot that holds special meaning for the two of you. Whether your ceremony is an intimate exchange of vows with just the two of you, or a celebration that you choose to share with those closest to you, I "vow" to make it extraordinary.
Your Ceremony will include: 
* A love-inspired ceremony that is tender, meaningful and uniquely beautiful. 
* Traditional Wedding Vows or Simple "I Do" Vows   
* Keepsake copy of your ceremony
* Beautiful Rose Embossed Marriage Certificate 
* I will file your signed Marriage License with the proper authorities and send you a copy by return mail.  
* Name change document and lots of other helpful bits of information.

SWEET SONG STANDARD CEREMONY - $350 Plus Travel Expenses
If you want a Standard Ceremony with a personal flavor, the Sweet Song Standard is the one for you. It includes all the basic elements of a Standard Ceremony plus the flexibility to make it truly your own.. 
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Your Ceremony will include: 
* A love-inspired ceremony that is tender, meaningful and uniquely beautiful.
* A segment on the art of creating a good marriage and special ideas that will continually strengthen and improve your marriage     
* A Reading of your choice from samples I provide or you can include one of your own choosing  
* Your choice of vows from samples I provide (traditional, contemporary, religious, non-religious, funny... you name it), or you can create your own.
* Blessing of the Hands Ceremonial Add-On before the Exchange of Rings and Vows 
* One Standard Ceremonial Add-On of Your Choice (i.e., Unity Candle, Sand Ceremony, Love Letter Ceremony, Dove Release, Gratuity Ceremony, etc.)
* Professionally Bound Keepsake copy of your ceremony  
* Beautiful Rose-Embossed Keepsake Marriage Certificate  
* I will file your signed Marriage License with the proper authorities and send you a copy by return mail.
* Name change document and lots of other helpful bits of information.
* Unlimited consultations by phone and/or email.
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HEART & SOUL PERSONALIZED CEREMONY - $450 Plus Travel Expenses 
Every couple has a song of love on their hearts that they want the whole wide world to hear and helping them express that song in words is what I do best. Many couples find the Personalized Ceremony to be the perfect choice because in addition to being meaningful, love-inspired, and uniquely beautiful, it also gives them a part in creating it.  And best of all... it's affordable! No one else knows better than you the sentiments you want to express to your soulmate and no one wants to witness point-blank the tender exchange of your love and commitment than me. Together we will transform YOUR STORY into a uniquely crafted marriage ceremony that will be the true highlight of the day.
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Your Ceremony will include: 
* A love-inspired ceremony that is personalized to reflect the heart and soul of your relationship.
* A segment on the art of creating a good marriage and special ideas that will continually strengthen and improve your marriage 
* A reading of your choice from samples I provide or you can include one of your own choosing
* Your choice of vows from samples I provide (traditional, contemporary, religious, non-religious, funny... you name it), or you can create your own.
* Blessing of the Hands Ceremonial Add-On before the Exchange of Rings and Vows
* One Standard Ceremonial Add-On of your choice (i.e., Unity Candle, Sand Ceremony, Love Letter Ceremony, Dove Release, Gratuity Ceremony, etc.)
* Professionally Bound Keepsake copy of your ceremony
* Beautiful Rose-Embossed Keepsake Marriage Certificate
* I will file your signed Marriage License with the proper authorities and send you a copy by return mail
* Name change document and lots of other helpful bits of information.
* Unlimited consultations by phone and/or email. 
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THE ULTIMATE DELUXE CEREMONY - $550 Plus Travel Expenses 
Some couples want to go beyond the Personalized Ceremony to include multiple add-ons, family pets, unique themes or extra-special elements that are not traditionally found in wedding ceremonies. Because my ceremonies are custom-written, I can incorporate anything you would like, even if it has never been done before. Other couples choose to incorporate their different faiths, beliefs or heritage in a way that truly gives honor to their families and the roots from which they came. This is truly a one-of-a-kind ceremony, written especially for you, and one that can never be duplicated.  .  .
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Your Ceremony will include:
* A love-inspired ceremony that is personalized to reflect the heart and soul of your relationship
* Your special theme, religious beliefs and/or heritage incorporated into a beautiful one-of-a-kind reflection of you, your backgrounds and personalities. 
* A segment on the art of creating a good marriage and special ideas that will continually strengthen and improve your marriage
* A reading of your choice from samples I provide or you can include one of your own choosing
* Your choice of vows from samples I provide (traditional, contemporary, religious, non-religious, funny... you name it), or you can create your own.
* Blessing of the Hands Ceremonial Add-On before the Exchange of Rings and Vows
* Unlimited Standard Ceremonial Add-Ons of your choice. Or, if you have an idea for something that is unique to you and your relationship, I can create a memorable, custom-written add-on that is truly your own. (i.e., Family traditions or Heritage, Military Honorariums, etc.)
* Professionally Bound Keepsake copy of your ceremony
* Beautiful Rose-Embossed Keepsake Marriage Certificate
* I will file your signed Marriage License with the proper authorities and send you a copy by return mail.
* Name change document and lots of other helpful bits of information.
* Unlimited consultations by phone and/or email
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DESTINATION WEDDINGS 
I am willing to travel anywhere you would like to hold your ceremony and distance is not an issue. The fee will be based on the Ceremony Package you choose and time spent in making your day absolutely perfect! I have a lot of resources available to me that would help enhance your ceremony and am prepared to use them to your advantage in making your ceremony the amazing work or art that you would like it to be. Mileage, Lodging and Air Travel, if required, will be added to all packages. 

OPTIONAL ITEMS: 
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Rehearsals - $100
If your venue has a Wedding Coordinator I am happy to work with them or if you prefer, I can orchestrate your Rehearsal without assistance. Lodging costs will be added to all packages requiring overnight stays due to a Rehearsal.   
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Pre-Ceremony/ Wedding Music - $100 - [Music Before and During your Ceremony]
This includes wedding music up to one (1) hour before your ceremony, the Bridal March or your choice of Processional and Recessional and any other music you might want played during your ceremony.
[Any special music must be supplied to officiant prior to the start of the ceremony]   
Dinner/ Dance Music at Reception - $100 per hour
Easy Listening Dinner/ Dance Music during your Wedding Dinner and/or Reception.  
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Pre-Ceremony/ Wedding Music and Dinner/ Dance Music for up to Four (4) Hours at Reception ~ $500 
This includes wedding music up to one (1) hour before your ceremony, the Bridal March or your choice of Processional and Recessional and any other music you might want played during your ceremony.  It also includes Easy Listening Dinner/ Dance Music for up to four (4) hours during your Wedding Dinner and/or Reception.
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Ceremonial Add-Ons - $50 each
If a Ceremonial Add-On is not included as a part of the Ceremony Package you choose, you may add one or more at a cost of $50 each.  Please note that this charge is for writing the information pertaining to the add-on into your ceremony and does not include any of the supplies required to perform it. I do not furnish supplies for add-ons and they must be provided by the couple. Most supplies; candles, sand, vases, doves, boxes, etc. may be purchased from a local craft store or online distributor. 
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Photo Package - $250 
Black Hat Photography, Sweet Song Ministries' own Professional Photographer, documents all of my ceremonies for ministerial purposes. However, please be assured that my Photographer is unobtrusive and will not interfere with any Professional Photographers hired by you to document your wedding. That being said, each and every Photographer has their own unique style of documenting cerremonies and sometimes one Photographer will capture a moment that another does not. For this reason, we make our photos available to couples who would like to have them. Purchase of these photos is completely optional and if you opt not to purchase them, please be advised that all photos are held on file and may be purchased at a later date. For those desiring to take advantage of this offer, pictures will be delivered to you on a disk, with copyright privileges, along with a photo collage of up to ten of the best photos and a picture of the two of you with your vows embedded in it. This is a wonderful package at an affordable price and a great way to supplement your collection of memories. 
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DVD of Your Ceremony - $50
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Meal Blessing - Complimentary
Many couples have a family member perform this function; however, if you would like me to stay and give a blessing before dinner, I would be absolutely honored!!!  I consider it a blessing to be a part of your special day and to be able to return thanks would be my sincere privilege.
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The Couple gives permission and shall allow The Officiant to post a photograph(s) of them with The Officiant (or any other photos taken by the Officiant or her Representative during the course of the wedding ceremony) on The Officiant’s website or other social media for viewing by the internet community.  The Couple acknowledges that this is for promotional purposes only and they do not expect to receive any compensation of any kind.  There shall be no expiration for this permission. 


Collage Sample

Collage Is Available With Photo/DVD Package Optional Border Colors Are Available
Wedding Portfolio
Available With Personalized Ceremonies
Collage Sample

Collage Is Available With Photo/DVD Package Optional Border Colors Are Available

 
** I travel to various states and locations to perform marriage ceremonies so it is not feasible to set one standard rate that includes travel. Therefore, mileage, as well as air and lodging (if required), will be added to the above stated prices. Total cost will be discussed individually with each couple based upon your State and County requirements and your wedding destination, " 
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TRAVEL COST:
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Mileage and time spent traveling to and from your venue location will be added to all packages. 
Lodging costs will also be added if destination is beyond two hours driving distance from home office in Buckhannon, West Virginia.
 
** Costs of air travel, if required, as well as round-trip mileage from home office to Pittsburgh International Airport will be provided by the couple.  
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BOOKING AND REFUND POLICY:

officiate all of my own ceremonies and take great pride in the fact that each and every one is delivered with "heart" and "passion".  Booking is first come first serve and dates will be held with a 50% NONREFUNDABLE deposit with final payment being due two weeks prior to the ceremony.  If by chance you find it necessary to change the date of your ceremony, all monies will be fully transferrable to the new date, provided that my schedule permits and I am available to perfrom your service at that time. 
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MILITARY DISCOUNT:  It is my sincere honor and privilege to extend a $50 discount off the price of any Deluxe or Custom-Written Ceremony to all Active Duty and Retired Military.  Valid Military ID Required.
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METHOD OF PAYMENTPayPal, Check or Money Order
 
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LET ME HELP TURN YOUR WEDDING DAY INTO A TREASURED MEMORY.
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I LOOK FORWARD TO SURPASSING YOUR EXPECTATIONS.
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OTHER SERVICES
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I also perform Funerals, Memorial Services, Christenings, Baby Naming Ceremonies and other spiritual ceremonies.  Contact me and let me know what your  needs are and I will attend to them as best as I can.
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